All about Ocoee Springer puppies.

Four week old Ocoee babies and they already love their soft bed!
Everybody loves puppies, and there is nothing cuter than a baby Springer! But before you decide to "take the plunge" and purchase a Springer puppy, there are a number of things you should know about this breed.

Springers are bright, active dogs. They require a fair amount of exercise and a lot of mental stimulation or they can become bored and destructive. This breed is very people oriented and they want (and need) a lot of family interaction. They do best as house dogs with access to a large fenced yard to run and play in.

All puppies should be taken to kindergarten puppy training and at least one basic obedience class. This training creates a bond between you and your puppy and gives your puppy the basic skills it requires to become a happy family member. Puppies need to know their place in the structure of their surroundings, and early training helps them to understand that the human members of the family are always in charge!

A typical litter of Ocoee puppies.
Springers are a double coated breed, and they grow a fair amount of hair. They require regular brushing and trimming or they will become matted and unkempt looking. They shed some hair year around and "blow" undercoat once a year. If you are going to have a Springer, you will either have to invest in clippers, scissors and the like and learn to do it yourself, or plan on having your dog regularly groomed by a professional (at least four times a year). In between groomings your Springer should be thoroughly brushed once a week.

Every drop eared breed can be prone to ear infections so your Springer should have his ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis.

Health problems exist in every breed of dog, and some that can occur in English Springer Spaniels are hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, retinal dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy and epilepsy. To reduce the risk of any of these things occurring in your puppy, be sure to buy a puppy from parents that have been thoroughly health tested. Every responsible breeder health tests their dogs and any that say health testing is not important are NOT responsible or interested in preserving the breed for the future. Do not be fooled by some who just say 'oh yes our dogs are health tested'. Breeding dogs should be listed on the OFA website with all their health clearances noted.

This is what we strive for-breeding dogs that grow up healthy, happy, social and beautiful. This is Benny, Ch Ocoee Figure It Out. Benny has been an extremely important producer for us with 26 CH children. He lived out his life with these three boys, and loved taking care of them. When Benny passed, his granddaughter Ethel went to be their family dog.

Not only are purpose bred dogs the most likely to stay in their home for a lifetime, every responsible breeder sells puppies with a contract stating that if for any reason at any time in the dogs lifetime the owners cannot keep the dog, it comes back to the breeder. We are responsible for our dogs for their entire lives and we are always available to offer help and advice and to take your dog back if it ever becomes necessary.
At Ocoee, we strive to produce the healthiest, happiest puppies possible. We breed only to advance our line of show dogs, never just to supply a market. We raise our puppies "underfoot" to assure that they are extremely well-socialized, and we utilize Dr. Carmen Battaglia's program "Developing High Achievers" on all our puppies to give them the very best start in life.

Our puppies have Champion parents that have been fully health tested and have outstanding temperaments. Ready to go to their new homes between 8 and 9 weeks of age, the puppies are vet examined, eye checked, completely parasite free (internal and external) and started on their vaccination program. Our companion puppies are all sold with spay/neuter agreements.

We do our utmost to match each puppy with the right family. The sex and color of a puppy are secondary in importance to the puppies individual temperament and energy level, and this is where our experience comes in-we will select the puppy that will best suit your household.

Please understand that we DO NOT sell puppies on the basis of their markings. Every Springer has unique markings and that is a part of the charm of this breed. Our breed standard says nothing about markings, only about correct color.

Do not let yourself be fooled by people marketing what they call 'rare' or 'unusual' colors. This breed comes in only black or liver, in combination with white, ticking, roaning or tri color points. There is no such thing as a 'purebred' sable or off color English Springer Spaniel. Unfortunately more and more people who are breeding for money only are producing these cross bred dogs and calling them 'purebred'. They simply are not.

BUYERS BEWARE-all of these dogs below are being marketed as 'purebred and AKC registered English Springer Spaniels with health testing'. NONE of these dogs are purebred and the only testing they generally do is to find out what color genes they carry. The 'Greeders' who are mass producing these dogs for profit only are charging outrageous prices for what are basically cross bred mongrels. Doing your research is extremely important, now more than ever.   

Contact Kathy at to inquire about future breeding plans. Please be aware that our litters are generally spoken for before they are born, so it is wise to contact us early to be put on the waiting list. We would be happy to give you plenty of referrals to people who live with and love an Ocoee English Springer Spaniel! We are also happy to refer you on to other reputable breeders if we do not have a puppy for you to reserve.

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